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  • October 21, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Wait, stop – we have an Avatar tree too!

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science

Remember how that Na'avi needed their tree of souls? Well, it might not be as obvious to us, but we depend on our forests too.
Dependence on natural resources is often relegated to a characteristic of the rural poor, a reason for development aid to swoop in and provide other economic opportunities. However, a recent article [...]... Read more »

  • October 21, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

Hosting the 2012 London Olympics may damage rather than regenerate local communities and businesses

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Visibilities and Invisibilities in urban development: Small business communities and the London Olympics 2012 From Urban Studies The coming of the London 2012 Olympic Games has been presented as a unique opportunity for the regeneration of east London. This article considers the potential repercussions of regeneration. It warns that the process of clearance of the [...]... Read more »

  • October 20, 2010
  • 10:14 PM

The Ig-Nobel Prize for Economics: Should companies promote people at random?

by Brad Walters in Cortical Hemming and Hawing

This year, the nobel prize for economics was awarded to/shared by Peter A. Diamond of MIT, Dale T. Mortensen of Northwestern University, and Christopher A. Pissarides of the London School of Economics.  These three economists were honored for their work relating to government policies and employment and economic growth during recessions.  Among some of the many contributions in these areas are the finding that greater unemployment benefits can lead to longer periods of u........ Read more »

Pluchino, A., Rapisarda, A., & Garofalo, C. (2010) The Peter principle revisited: A computational study. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 389(3), 467-472. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2009.09.045  

  • October 20, 2010
  • 06:01 PM

German Autos at risk? Perhaps not.

by Jan Husdal in

An empirical analysis of supply chain risk management in the German automotive industry shows that the group using reactive supply chain risk management seems to do better in terms of disruptions resilience or the reduction of the bullwhip effect, whereas the group pursuing preventive supply chain risk management seems to do better as to flexibility or safety stocks. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • October 20, 2010
  • 05:30 AM

The rehabilitation aim of probation officers at odds with UK Government punishment agenda

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Attitudes and beliefs of trainee probation officers: A ‘new breed’? From Probation Journal In recent years the UK Government has been placing less emphasis on the idea of probation as a form of rehabilitation, instead re-framing it as ‘punishment in the community,’ with a focus on protecting the public. It has promoted the idea that [...]... Read more »

  • October 19, 2010
  • 05:18 PM

Referential labelling in Diana Monkeys

by Hannah Little in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Ok, so I was going to write an essay for my Origins of Language module on this but then got distracted by syntax (again) so I thought I’d put my thoughts in a blog post just so they don’t go to waste.

Diana monkeys, like vervet monkeys, use alarm calls to communicate the presence of a predator . . . → Read More: Referential labelling in Diana Monkeys... Read more »

Zuberbuhler, K. (2000) Interspecies semantic communication in two forest primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 267(1444), 713-718. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2000.1061  

  • October 19, 2010
  • 04:19 PM

Migrant identity and politicization

by Kris-Stella in Coffee Shop Philosophy

What is the relationship between national identity and politicization? In an era of widespread concerns over terrorism and the integration of minorities in Western societies, this is a relevant question. If one's identification with the new home country increases, what is the consequence for levels and types of political activity? Bernd Simon and Olga Grabow have published some interesting new research on the topic. Looking at Russian migrants in Germany (replicating a design that has previously........ Read more »

  • October 19, 2010
  • 05:33 AM

The role of media discourse framing attitudes towards the use of embryonic stem cells

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Beliefs about science and news frames in audience evaluations of embryonic and adult stem cell research From Science Communication There has been great global attention to the recent announcement that US doctors have begun the first official trial of using human embryonic stem cells in patients after getting the green light from regulators. The shift [...]... Read more »

  • October 18, 2010
  • 02:37 PM

Working and chronic pain

by Bronwyn Thompson in Healthskills: Skills for Healthy Living

If there is one aspect of chronic pain management that has received more attention than returning to work, I don’t know it! In 1995 when I started working at my current workplace, work was almost a dirty word. I was accused at one time of being a ‘Siberian workcamp’ Commandante because some people thought it … Read more... Read more »

Costa-Black, K., Loisel, P., Anema, J., & Pransky, G. (2010) Back pain and work. Best Practice , 24(2), 227-240. DOI: 10.1016/j.berh.2009.11.007  

  • October 18, 2010
  • 10:04 AM

Two DonorsChoose projects you must support: Girls are good at math, and Technology tools while pregnant

by Kate Clancy in Context & Variation

A plea to fund DonorsChoose projects that highlights research on sexism in mathematics instruction.... Read more »

Alessandri SM, & Lewis M. (1993) Parental evaluation and its relation to shame and pride in young children. Sex Roles, 335-343. info:/

Fennema, E., Peterson, P., Carpenter, T., & Lubinski, C. (1990) Teachers attributions and beliefs about girls, boys, and mathematics. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 21(1), 55-69. DOI: 10.1007/BF00311015  

  • October 18, 2010
  • 09:49 AM

Alienated Youth More Likely to Lash Out

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Being rejected by their peers hurts all kids, but they vary in the way they react. Some kids deal with rejection by lashing out, which, taken to the extreme, can ... Read more »

Reijntjes, A., Thomaes, S., Bushman, B.J., Boelen, P.A., de Castro, B.O., & Telch, M.J. (2010) The outcast-lash-out effect in youth: alienation increases aggression following peer rejection. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 20739674  

  • October 18, 2010
  • 02:28 AM

Otto Selz: The Pioneer of Cognitive Thought Decades Before the Cognitive Revolution

by John Wayland in The Darwin Tribune

Otto Selz isn't a name many psychology students will ever come across often. Unfortunately, it seems with such big names of the 20th Century, such as Freud, Skinner etc taking centre stage, that many other prominent psychologists don't make it into the textbooks. This isn't to suggest their contribution was any less meaningful. On the contrary, today's article focuses on Otto Selz's work and life in the hope that many psychology students will discover a name they might not come across in cl........ Read more »

  • October 17, 2010
  • 06:01 PM

Six levels of risk management

by Jan Husdal in

In "Risk management in a dynamic society: a modelling problem" author Jens Rasmussen argues that risk management includes several levels ranging from legislators, over managers and work planners, to system operators. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • October 16, 2010
  • 07:08 PM

Making Fun of Gays is Such Fun...!

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

It would seem that overt acts of homophobic violence on campus might be in decline, replaced by a more insidious form of 'antigay' violence. In this study by Jewell and Morrison (2010), they ponder why it is that straight Canadian university students can hold, if not necessarily express, their homophobic attitudes.... Read more »

  • October 16, 2010
  • 05:22 PM

Understanding segregation in American Churches.

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Cliff Huang has created some amazing graphics depicting racial segregation in US cities. What I found fascinating was quite how sharp many of the boundaries are. They're often sharper than you would expect if the causes were simply economic.

That's because there's a powerful social phenomenom at work here, which is simply that people prefer to be with their own 'kind'. If you identify with a particular community, and that community is defined ethnically, then living outside of it can be very un........ Read more »

  • October 16, 2010
  • 05:21 AM

The @#$% 2010 Ig Nobel Peace Prize: Pain files 1

by gregdowney in Neuroanthropology

The 2010 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded recently by the Annals of Improbable Science, and a paper I read a while ago and wanted to comment on won the Ig Nobel for Peace! (By the way, comment on, not because I thought it was Ig Nobel-esque, but because it was actually relevant to my work — what does that say about my research!?)! Congratulations to Richard Stephens, John Atkins, and Andrew Kingston for the prize, awarded for their paper, ‘Swearing as a Response to Pain,’ in Neur........ Read more »

  • October 15, 2010
  • 10:47 PM

Saving more than species at Nagoya

by Noam Ross in Noam Ross

There's been a whole lot of interesting stuff coming out this week related the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) going on in Nagoya, Japan right now.   CBD's goal was to slow the loss of biodiversity loss by 2010, but that goal was not achieved, and nations are hammering out how to revive the CBD with new goals for 2020.
At a prepatory meeting in May, governments agreed on 20 more specific draft targets, which aim to be “SMART” -........ Read more »

Perrings, C., Naeem, S., Ahrestani, F., Bunker, D., Burkill, P., Canziani, G., Elmqvist, T., Ferrati, R., Fuhrman, J., Jaksic, F.... (2010) Ecosystem Services for 2020. Science, 330(6002), 323-324. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196431  

  • October 15, 2010
  • 05:47 PM

Why Do Americans Have Yards?

by teofilo in Gambler's House

Today is Blog Action Day, and the topic is water.  I did a post for this last year when the topic was climate change, so I figured I’d do it again.  Water is obviously a huge issue, especially in the arid Southwest, so there are a lot of directions I could go with this.  I [...]... Read more »

  • October 14, 2010
  • 09:03 AM

Time Is Money. Or Is It?

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Which makes you happier—thinking about time or money? A new study published in Psychological Science finds that people who are made to think about time plan to spend more of ... Read more »

Mogilner, C. (2010) The pursuit of happiness: time, money, and social connection. Psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science/ APS. PMID: 20732902  

  • October 14, 2010
  • 05:25 AM

War crimes and the ruin of law

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Millennium – Journal of International Studies The Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has acted as a prototype for international criminal justice in the aftermath of violent conflict and stated that ‘those who perpetrate horrific war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity will not go unpunished’. It poses the question if such differentiation [...]... Read more »

Dauphinee, E. (2008) War Crimes and the Ruin of Law. Millennium - Journal of International Studies, 37(1), 49-67. DOI: 10.1177/0305829808093730  

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